it’s not just a conditioning shampoo it’s


An experience is not a claim

we’re not going to resolve easily but

that doesn’t man all experiences

are possible though any might be

a significant blow Cézanne

wanted to bust the system he said the day

is coming when a single carrot

freshly observed will set off

a revolution – an extended metaphor? no –

one of my hairs it’s here to stiffen

support for the smell of pigment the noise

of exhaustion the way of falling

that’s brought it to the table now it’s on the table

I declare my independence from it often

I have no idea how I’ve come to be where

I am or how day have passed – at a distance

I look at it as it were (either the

cause or the symptom) me – broken

unpublished poem, © Heather Phillipson 2015, used by permission of the author.

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